CHILDREN’S RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
We strive to be a welcoming and joyful community for our children & youth and offer quality educational programs for spiritual growth and faith development. Our religious education programs reflect all of our principles and sources but especially our third principle, “encouragement to spiritual growth,” and our fourth principle, “a free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Our vision is to create opportunities to live in community with compassion, encourage spiritual growth, and promote social justice and our Unitarian Universalist values. North Shore Unitarian Church has long been a home for multi-faith families. If you are looking for a spiritual community and practice that respects your child’s and your family’s diverse spiritual heritage, we encourage you to explore our program.
2021-2022 Religious Education Program:
Our well-equipped nursery is available for use at no charge during the 10 AM worship service. Our nursery serves children from 4 months through pre-potty-trained 3-year-olds. Our nursery is currently unstaffed, but parents/guardians and children are welcome to the room during the safe.
Religious Exploration at NSUC this fall:
North Shore Unitarian Church is committed to offering religious exploration programs that offer rich opportunities for learning and spiritual growth while recognizing the challenges faced by our children, youth, and parents. Specifically, we seek to provide programs and resources that
- Meet the spiritual, social, and emotional needs of children/youth during this challenging time
- Teach the principles of anti-racism
- Explore moral questions, other faiths, and the principles of Unitarian Universalism
- Commit to engendering social action and lives of purpose in our children/youth
Rather than selecting a single curriculum for each age group as we have done in the past, we plan to draw from a wide-variety of curricula and resources to meet the evolving needs of children and youth this year.
Youth Group (9th – 12th grade)
Youth grow deeper in Unitarian Universalism, learn about social justice issues, work on community service projects, participate in youth cons, plan the annual youth-led worship service, and have a ton of fun together!
Youth group begins at 10 AM and is led by an advising team of congregational members. Youth group members are currently planning a trip to several important civil rights sites in Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery, Alabama in 2022.
RE Wide Program-Wide projects:
Once a month, children/youth take a break from regular worship and small group classes to attend a special RE wide program. This could be a special presentation, art project, off-site field trip, or preparation of meal kits for a local homeless shelter. In the past, these RE wide programs have included baking challah, collecting seed at Ryerson Conservation Area, touring the Wildlife Discovery Center, and yoga.
Special programs offered this year:
Our Whole Lives (O.W.L) for young people in Kindergarten and 1st Grade
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive, sexuality and relationship education program that was developed by the United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association. OWL supports participants in living their principles and values in relationships and having an empowering perspective about their bodies and sexuality. There are six curricula for different ages: grades K-1, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, young adult (ages 18-35), and adult (18+). The content for each level is developmentally appropriate. For instance, the K-1 level covers familial relationships, body parts, and safety, while the adult level covers changes in bodies and relationships that happen throughout adulthood. NSUC is proud to OWL for K-1 students in our community but expects to offer the 7-8 OWL class next year. Note: This class is open to the general public. Please contact Congregationallife@nsuc.org or 847-235-1955 to learn more.
We are committed to making NSUC a safe place for children, youth, and adults. Our congregational safety policy can be viewed here. Please contact the Congregational Life & Education Coordinator, Congregationallife@nsuc.org,with any questions.